Originally Posted by Whiteroom
That was a forty footer straight into a fence at 40 mph, I haven't had worse than that.
Who the hell set that netting??? Why is it sticking out at a point like that, shouldn't there be a smoother curve vs a point creating a wall?
He crashed at an oblique angle into it, but then got caught up and also looks like he took quite an impact into the snow itself. If you look at what the netting is set in front of, the right angle at the end of the netting doesn't seem that odd, plus if the netting had been placed so that there was no angle there I'm not sure there would have been a different result.
I think in the wake of tragic events like this, it's easy to let emotions get injected into what should be a sober examination of whether there's anything that could be changed to help avoid the same result next time. He had already missed the trannie, e.g., and I have no idea what the snow was like where he landed, but it is reasonable to assume pretty firm. One of the contributing factors here was the line all three skiers were taking at the end -- he was off only very slightly from the other two. Looking at it, I can see several variables at work, and I don't think the person who set the netting needs to have anything pointed at him blame-wise.